Hello! And welcome to Kikopup’s Dog Training Tip of the Day for today!
Today’s tip is on ADDING DISTRACTIONS! The key take away is setting up the environment at first to be non distracting so YOU are the one who is adding the distractions, and can control when they happen and at what intensity. You can also this way control the power of the reinforcers you have. Where if you go out in a distracting environment to begin with, it can leave a lot to chance with how successful the training will be and you cannot control everything. The goal however, is to work on the different distractions one at a time add them together and then what you have is a bomb proof behavior that can function in super distracting environments.
Full dog training tutorial on how to teach a stay with the distractions of food- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tZMyzSY4JI
Distraction training with toys- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Z3SFT8U0g
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Hello everyone and welcome to kikopop’s Dog training tip of the day for today Somebody recently commented they would Like a uh tip of the day on working with Distractions i suggest beginning in a Room of no distraction where your dog is Finding your reinforcement The most reinforcing thing to do teach The concept of working around Distractions and then start to add on Them add on that in baby steps if you Try and go out somewhere and work on Distractions you might have the same Problem that you would have if you were Working with a dog with a reactivity and Something could go well and then Something could go badly so it’s really Unpredictable so it’s better to build The strength of the behaviors of your Dog listening to you and finding the Behaviors you want them to do Reinforcing when there’s nothing around So what’s happening is conditioning the Dog is really Enjoying the reinforcement so it’s going To make the behavior more likely to Happen where if they’re out and about And everything’s really distracting like You’re at a cafe and there’s crumbs Everywhere and you’re asking them to lie Down but they want to eat the crumbs or Something like that It’s you can imagine that the dog is not Gonna be thinking that laying down with
You is the most reinforcing thing to do So you build on it are you ready so Bliss Is my 10 month old border collie mix i Got him from a family that lived out on A ranch and he’s a mix of uh According to embark he’s a mix of border Collie 30 cattle dog and then they say He’s got some german shepherd and and um Rotten one rottweiler perhaps in his mix But you never know Okay so let’s get started Because he’s already been settled i’m Going to ask him to get up and then lay Down again free Good boy And now i’m going to ask him to down Good job So what you first want before you add Distractions is at least five seconds of A behavior if it’s a maintained behavior So um Where the dog stays in position you can Mark and reinforce the dog that way you Can start adding distractions now i Already have tutorials on adding Distractions and teaching stay behaviors With different types of distractions Like toys and treats but this is just a Fun little taster video so the very very Basics of adding a distraction is you Choose an environment where the dog can Learn you present the distraction in a As low level as possible
That you know the dog’s not going to get Up like that And you mark so you either say yes or Good or whatever your verbal marker is That means they’re going to get a treat Or you click so i’m holding the treat Out i mark and then i reinforce him So this is the distraction for the Moment but most dogs get up if you put a Treat down so if i put it down here he Probably would get up thinking i was Giving it to him like i am there but This is a new picture and basically what You’re doing is you make it this step so Small That You can put a treat down on the ground If you do this enough and the dog is not Going to get up so you’re marking them For wanting to stay in the down position When distractions happen so not only are They learning um using a parent’s Conditioning where they’re learning oh i Stay in this position i get food but They’re also learning oh When there’s food on the ground i love Laying in the down position which is Classical conditioning so the dog is Having that calm happy response to Seeing something in the environment fall Rather than Feeling frustrated about it so if he was Under a table and a piece of food fell In front of him like that
He’s gonna stay there And know that It’s more reinforcing to stay where he Is Good job It’s basically brainwashing isn’t it you Want a knot You’re gonna not Good Okay so now i’m gonna free him free and Then i could even say get it with this Type of game And then the next step Because first you’re clicking as the Distraction happens and you can increase How difficult the distraction Is as you’re clicking as the distraction Happens but you can also Make the same distraction happen And then add duration and delay when you Mark So At first i was doing this and it might Have been too much for him at first but You can see it’s really easy And then i was doing this So i can delay The clicking And now i can delay the dropping the Treat My my unconscious knew that I should click as i dropped it with him Because he’s never learned this yet But
Let’s just pretend that we worked on it A little bit and i’m just gonna drop the Treats now because Um i’m adding The the duration of the distraction and Did you see he shifted a little i think He was thinking about getting up i Clicked him or i reinforced him by Feeding him um For staying so he might have been Thinking a little bit but i’m going to Say yes you still are in the down Position so you’re getting it and then I’m going to make it easier so i’m going To click every time i drop the tree at First which is what he’s like what if i Crawl all the way there and play Straight stretchy games ready So i’m just gonna lower him back with The treat ask him to down And then make it easier Good Good Another thing you can do is add criteria As to what you want that behavior to Look like so at first Um As the distraction happens he’s looking At it if that’s not what you wanted and You wanted your dog to look at you you Could then make the distraction a little Bit easier and repeat it and then see if Your dog might offer looking at you or You can ask for the attention
So i’m gonna do this and then i’m gonna Make my attention noise or say his name If you have a border color they might Just enjoy you watching your hand do That Good boy When you first start working on a Distraction it’s a good idea to be Extremely repetitive and repeat the same Movement exactly the same and then build On it so that the dog is also Habituating to it and finding it Extremely boring and then when the dog Is having success then you want to start Adding variability to the behavior so Your dog is really going to understand The concept of it rather than it Happening in this very small controlled Picture and then in other situations They’re going to think their brain is Going to think unconsciously oh this is A different picture it probably doesn’t Mean the same thing or they might not Even remember What they’re supposed to do So You’re doing the same repetitive Movement and you can build on it exactly For example like you’re doing this and Then you’re dropping the treats and it’s Very repetitive and you build on it and Then when they learn it then you start Varying but if you vary too much while You’re training the new behavior like
This hello kiko um Then what can happen is the dog can keep Getting up so my My theory my tip is that if they get up Two to three times In the training session for the same Thing then it’s too hard and you need to Go back a step or think of a way to Break up the information break up the Steps so the dog can get it easier now Kiko my little chihuahua as you might Have heard me say earlier is 17 and she Is um deaf and partially blind so she Just gets to wander around and get Treats and she’s a really good Distraction for bliss hey pupsy thank You so much for watching if you’d like To support my work don’t forget to like Comment and subscribe to my channel you Can also become a supporting member of Channel kikopup by clicking that join Button that you see under my videos or On my youtube channel and that gains you Access to one member’s video a month That you can find in the community Section of my youtube channel see you Later